- any of several Old World gallinaceous game birds of the subfamily Perdicinae, especially Perdix perdix.
- Chiefly Northern U.S. the ruffed grouse.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. bobwhite.
- any of several other North American gallinaceous game birds.
- any of various South and Central American tinamous.
Origin of partridge
- Eric (Hon·ey·wood) [huhn-ee-woo d] /ˈhʌn iˌwʊd/, 1894–1979, British lexicographer, born in New Zealand.
Examples from the Web for partridge
Wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse, peacocks, hares, wild rabbits, and waterfowl are all dietary staples.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
Despite the Partridge Family lifestyle, his home life was settled.Heavy Mental Drummer: Questlove’s Almost Memoir
June 30, 2013
A 23-year-old Farrah appeared in the 1970 Partridge Family episode, “The Sound of Money.”Farrah Fawcett: A Video Tribute
The Daily Beast Video
June 25, 2009
Audrina, inspired by reality-TV star Partridge, is one of the five fastest-rising names for girls.Top 20 Baby Names of 2008
Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry
May 8, 2009
The partridge has ceased to run across the too-frequented path.Main Street
Partridge, as we had anticipated, lacked in such high country.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
The partridge is here represented as just taken from the spit; but before it is served up, the skewers must be withdrawn.
Before I could recover from my surprise Mr. Partridge stepped forward.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Duck and geese, and there's plenty of partridge in the winter," explained Richard.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
- any of various small Old World gallinaceous game birds of the genera Perdix, Alectoris, etc, esp P. perdix (common or European partridge): family Phasianidae (pheasants)
- US and Canadian any of various other gallinaceous birds, esp the bobwhite and ruffed grouse
- Eric (Honeywood). 1894–1979, British lexicographer, born in New Zealand; author of works on English usage, idiom, slang, and etymology
Word Origin and History for partridge
late 12c., from Old French pertis, alteration of perdis (perhaps influenced by fem. suffix -tris), from Latin perdicem (nominative perdix) "plover, lapwing," from Greek perdix, the Greek partridge, probably related to perdesthai "to break wind," in reference to the whirring noise of the bird's wings, from PIE imitative base *perd- "to break wind" (cf. Sanskrit pardate "breaks wind," Lithuanian perdzu, Russian perdet, Old High German ferzan, Old Norse freta, Middle English farten).